With nearly two years to go until the vote for the 2021 United Nations Security Council, it may seem strange that Canada is lobbying other nations that are gathering on the east side of Manhattan for the 73rd UN General Assembly.
That is indeed the focus of the behind-the-scenes diplomacy at this week-long event, attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several members of his cabinet.
Government sources say Canada refrained from campaigning too openly before June 8, when the 2020 Security Council vote was held, out of a sense of decorum. With that out of the way, Canadian diplomats have been encouraged to raise Canada’s bid with any foreign counterpart who will listen.
All are aware that there will never be a more concentrated opportunity to recruit support than this week.